IAS News and Literature Updates:
August - September 2016
 From the President's Desk:
Yuji Matsuzawa

As the IAS continues to reach out to and support the activities of its member societies, one educational effort in particular stands out as being very successful: Joint Sessions at member society meetings. These efforts bring together IAS and member society leaders and international key opinion leaders in the field as well as addressing important issues both regionally and globally. During 2016 the IAS was able to collaborate with several member societies to achieve these goals:

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IAS Visiting Fellowship Award Report:
    Marco Busnelli
I would like to thank the International Atherosclerosis Society for awarding me a 6 month Visiting Fellowship which enabled me to visit dr. Philippe Gérard’s laboratory at the Department Microbiologie de L’Alimentation au Service de la Santé (MICALIS) of the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Jouy-en-Josas, France.
I would like to thank Dr. Philippe Gérard for his active supervision, Dr. Aurélia Bruneau, Abdelhak Boukadiri and the rest of the team for helping me in the everyday experimental activity.

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IAS Visiting Fellowship Opportunities
Application Deadline: January 31, 2017
3 - Month Visiting Fellowship Award $5,000
• 6 - Month Visiting Fellowship Award $8,000

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Also included in this newsletter:

St. Petersburg, Russia
June 2-4-2016


Toronto, Canada
June 9 - 15, 2018

In the News: 

Homocysteine, Atherosclerosis, and Disease of Aging
By: Kilmer S McCully

The sulfur amino acid homocysteine was first implicated in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis by discovery of arteriosclerotic plaques in children with excretion of homocysteine in the urine caused by different inherited enzymatic abnormalities of methionine metabolism.

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Surfactant Protein D outside the Lung―Aggravation of Atherosclerosis
By: Grith L. Sorensen

Surfactant protein D (SP-D) is a soluble collectin that is involved in innate immune defense and located to pulmonary as well as non-pulmonary epithelia including vascular endothelium.

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Inflammation: A Culprit for Vascular Calcification in Atherosclerosis?
By: D. Magne

Atherosclerosis causes the majority of cardiovascular events that represent the main cause of death in western countries. The most dangerous complication of atherosclerosis is the rupture of vulnerable plaque but yet features that characterize a unstable plaque are still not fully understood. Deciphering what renders a plaque unstable is crucial since among the many arterial segments affected by atherosclerosis, a single localized culprit lesion may cause an acute syndrome.

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SAMHD1 Gene Mutations Are Associated with Cerebral Large-Artery Atherosclerosis
By: Heng Wang and Baozhong Xin

Increasing evidence suggests that there is a significant genetic predisposition to cerebrovascular disorders, and these genetic risk factors may account for some portion of the unexplained risk of stroke. Identifying these genetic risk factors will not only allow better risk prediction but will also provide valuable insights into the mechanism of disease development.

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October 13-15, 2016

19th International Congress of Lipidology Atherosclerosis and Vascular Disease
Athens, Greece

Email: Christos_mich@yahoo.com

October 21-23, 2016

29th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Atherosclerosis
and Research
Kochi, Kerala, India

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For a complete listing of all Member Society meetings and educational activities.

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The IAS wishes to thank all the supporters which have generously offered grants to the IAS
for the development of its many activities and in support of its mission:
Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Amgen, Inc., Amgen (Europe) GmbH, Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd., Fondazione Giovanni Lorenzini, OSLA - Oman Society of Lipids and Atherosclerosis, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., Pfizer, Sanofi and Regeneron, and Weill Cornell Medical College.

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Dallas, TX, USA

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Milan, Italy
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Milan, Italy
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Houston, TX, USA

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Milan, Italy
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Dallas, TX, USA


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